2020 Kia Sportage vs. 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The Sportage offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Sportage offers optional Parking Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Sportage’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Sportage and the Trailblazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sportage the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Trailblazer has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Sportage comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Trailblazer’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sportage 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Trailblazer. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Trailblazer ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage first among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Trailblazer isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 16 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Sportage has more powerful engines than the Trailblazer:

Horsepower

Torque

Sportage 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder

181 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Sportage SX Turbo 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

237 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Sportage SX Turbo 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

240 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Trailblazer 1.2 turbo 3-cylinder

137 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Trailblazer 1.3 turbo 3-cylinder

155 HP

174 lbs.-ft.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sportage has larger standard tires than the Trailblazer (225/60R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Sportage SX Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Trailblazer (245/45R19 vs. 225/60R17).

The Sportage LX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Trailblazer L’s standard 65 series tires. The Sportage SX Turbo’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Trailblazer RS’ 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sportage LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Trailblazer L. The Sportage SX Turbo’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Trailblazer RS.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sportage’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Trailblazer (105.1 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sportage is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Trailblazer.

Passenger Space

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The Sportage has .6 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 5.5 inches more rear hip room and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trailblazer.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sportage’s rear seats recline. The Trailblazer’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Sportage has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Trailblazer with its rear seat up (30.7 vs. 25.3 cubic feet). The Sportage has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Trailblazer with its rear seat folded (60.1 vs. 54.4 cubic feet).

The Sportage’s cargo area is larger than the Trailblazer’s in almost every dimension:

Sportage

Trailblazer

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.4”/68.2”

32”/64.5”

Min Width

41”

41”

Height

29.5”

28.2”

Towing

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The Sportage’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Trailblazer’s (2000 vs. 1000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Sportage (except S/LX) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Sportage’s optional (except S/LX) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Sportage has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The Trailblazer L/LS doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Sportage’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Sportage and the Trailblazer offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Sportage has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter.

The Sportage (except S/LX)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Trailblazer’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Sportage, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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